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Report: Knicks front runner to land Arron Afflalo (and Greg Monroe, too)


The Knicks made a respectable call picking Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4 in the NBA Draft — if they can be patient and develop him this is a reasonable gamble. But patience will be key as he is three years away from really contributing to the Knick at anywhere near the level they hope.

Patience is not exactly the strong suit of New Yorkers. So what are the Knicks going to do to get better short-term?

How about landing Greg Monroe and Arron Afflalo? The Knicks are the front-runners to get both, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports — but it’s not cheap.

For months, the Knicks and rival executives have believed that New York is the likely destination for Detroit free agent forward Greg Monroe, and now it appears that Afflalo is the most likely target to potentially join him with Carmelo Anthony in New York, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

With Monroe expecting to command a maximum contract on the market, Afflalo could earn a deal in the neighborhood of three years, $36 million-$38 million, league sources said.

Afflalo started last season in Denver then was traded to Portland to back up Wesley Matthews, which was a fantastic plan to add depth to a dangerous team. Well, it was a fantastic plan until Matthews suffered an Achilles injury and was out for the season, forcing Afflalo to start. The Blazers were not the same after that

That price for Monroe is the going rate for a quality big man in the NBA, if the Knicks don’t offer it the Lakers and a host of other teams will.

But $12 million a year for Afflalo? The most he has ever made in a season is $7.75 million. Last season he averaged 13.3 points a game but his efficiency took a hit (his 53.3 true shooting percentage was right at the league average). He’s solid defensively, but not as good as his reputation. Bottom line is he is a solid pro, a quality rotation player and a guy worth having on your team, but $12 million per may be a little steep for the guy.

Still, the Knicks have money to burn and they do need to get a little better now. Monroe, Afflalo and a healthy for the season Carmelo Anthony might be able to make the playoffs in the East.


Report: Lakers, Clippers, Spurs, Bulls, Knicks all interested in Caron Butler

Caron Butler

The Detroit Pistons shipped Caron Butler to Milwaukee as part of the Ersan Ilyasova trade, but the young Bucks had no real intention of keeping the veteran swingman around. He will be waived by the Bucks.

And there will be plenty of teams lined up for his services.

While his game has slipped as he’s entered his mid-30s, a number of teams see him as an affordable backup wing who can give him solid minutes. Shams Charania of Real GM says some teams looking for veteran help on the wing are lined up for Butler’s services.

After his release from the Milwaukee Bucks before July 1, Caron Butler has emerged as a candidate for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs, a league source told RealGM.

The Lakers and New York Knicks also expect to make an inquiry on Butler, a 13-year NBA veteran who has averaged 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds for his career.

Butler can still knock down the three — 55 percent of his shots last season were from beyond the arc, and he hit 37.9 on those shots. For a potential contender such as Spurs or Clipper that is very valuable. It was more valuable to the Pistons than some of their young wings like Cartier Martin last season, but the Pistons are looking in other directions.

Doesn’t Butler strike you as the kind of veteran the Spurs bring in and he’s rejuvenated? If they have to let Danny Green go in the chase for LaMarcus Aldridge, Butler could step in at an affordable price and provide value.

Butler will not be off the board quickly, but there are going to be a lot of contenders interested, and you can expect Butler to go after a ring.

Greg Monroe on move out of Detroit: “I don’t want to be anywhere I’m not wanted”

Detroit Pistons v Orlando Magic

The fact Greg Monroe was going to leave Detroit was right up there with “Jeb Bush might run for president” for the worst kept secret of the last couple months award.

We know four or five teams have meetings set up with Monroe — the Knicks are considered the strong front runners to land him — and none of them are the Pistons. While coach and GM Stan Van Gundy has given lip service to bringing Monroe back, Monroe himself confirmed he is moving on to the New Orleans Advocate. (Hat tip Eye on Basketball.)

He also said Van Gundy’s offense and the Pistons already having Andre Drummond sealed the deal with the move.

“I’m looking to be with a team that’s ready to win,” said Monroe during a timeout at his youth basketball clinic Saturday morning at the Delgado Community College gymnasium. “Hopefully it will be a team where I’m the missing piece….

“Stan had smaller teams in Orlando (Magic) years ago,” Monroe said. “Dre is like Dwight Howard. So Stan wants to put good players around him. The team has different plans, and I respect that. I don’t want to be anywhere I’m not wanted.”

In the next 48 hours, expect Van Gundy to deny he’s not wanted in Detroit, but that’s just part of the dance. SVG has a franchise anchor in the paint in Drummond and wants shooters and athletes around him to open up the floor and play off him. That system works (the Magic made it to the Finals, remember) and they just traded for Ersan Ilyasova, who is a much better fit than Monroe as a four in that system.

The Knicks have long been the front runners to land Monroe, but the Lakers, Celtics, and other teams want to get their foot in the door. One interesting possibility is Portland, where they are about to lose LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency and will be looking for another young, quality big man to put next to Damian Lillard. That team would be a lot closer to winning than the Knicks, Lakers or Celtics.

We’ll see in a couple days where Monroe’s meetings are.